Dozens killed after Gaza border protests

14 October, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Nickolay Mladenov UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

The protests have regularly occurred on Fridays, with as many as tens of thousands of Palestinians gathering at multiple locations along the Gaza fence.

The Palestinian protesters are demanding an end to an Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the narrow coastal strip, which is home to around two million Gazans.

Four Palestinians were killed along the border east of Al Bureij in the centre of the Gaza Strip, while one died east of Gaza City, a ministry spokesman told AFP. A Palestinian succumbed to his wounds later, Gaza health officials said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced the killing of Aisha al-Rabi (48 years) from Badia village from Salfit governorate north of west bank following an attack by Israeli settlers threw stones at her husband vehicle.

More than 150 Palestinians have been killed since the marches began.

An Israeli soldier and a bystander were injured in a stabbing attack in the West Bank.

Palestinians in the northern West Bank say a woman has been killed after being struck in the head by a stone thrown by Israeli settlers.

Al-Rawbi, 47 and a mother of eight, was pronounced dead at hospital late on Friday from a head injury sustained in the stone-throwing incident, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.

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Aisha Mohammed Talal al-Rabi, 47, was riding in a auto with her husband near the Za'tara roadblock, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, when a group of Israeli settlers came onto the road and began throwing rocks at their vehicle.

The area is near several ultranationalist Jewish settlements.

The extremist settlers in the West Bank are carrying out acts attacks on Palestinian citizens, especially in the surrounding villages of Nablus recently, under the eyes and sight Israeli occupation forces, who do not move to prevent or arrest them.

Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus tweeted that one group had "detonated a bomb on the Israel-Gaza border fence", allowing around 20 people to climb through the hole.

Earlier in the day, Gaza's Health Ministry said that at least 5 Palestinians had been killed and 50 wounded by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) near the border fence dividing the enclave from the territory of Israel.

No IDF troops were harmed in the incident.

At least 204 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since March 30, when Palestinians in the Gaza Strip began holding nearly daily protests near the buffer zone.

Since March, Hamas has orchestrated near-weekly protests along the fence.

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